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What is the best way to learn game development?

Aside from trial and error, anyone have any ideas on the best way to learn game development? I’m interested in 3D modeling/animation, texture creation, and of course, Unreal Engine! At the moment, I’ve signed up for Digitaltutors.com which is great, but it’s a bit unstructured, even when using their “learning paths.” If anyone knows a better way to learn game development and game asset creation for beginners, let me know!

*Note: at the moment I’m still in college working towards an MBA, so I’m not looking to actually take game development courses in college

In my opinion the best way to learn game dev is to create a own litte game or level. Because then you will have to learn everything that is needed to create models, textures,…

Useful links:

http://www.worldofleveldesign.com/categories/udk/udk-lightmaps-05-common-problems-solutions.php
https://docs.unrealengine.com/latest/INT/Search/index.html?x=-1&y=7&q=
and of course the youtube tutorials.

Btw which 3d program do you use?

Short answer you learn what you need when you need it. Its a much better method than trying to learn a complete set of skills before hand as you will more than likely waste time learning a skill you didn’t need to know or need to know in that level of detail. Just have a clear idea for the end goal with clear objective goals and keep hammering at it until you reach it.

I’m using Maya at the moment, I was thinking of signing up for GameInstitute.com’s courses but they us 3DS Max and don’t teach Mudbox, Motionbuilder, or Unreal Engine.

Hmm, good point.

Then just search on youtube for tutorials, there you will find plenty of good ones for maya :slight_smile: -> just a hint when you start creating models: when you use static lightning in your level, create a 2nd uv channel with a lightmap for your model! Otherwise you will get overlapping uvs -> bad light result

Well, I can’t promise a structured approach, but you can check out my forum post if you need a good list of tutorials. I believe there are even some game development links in there. https://forums.unrealengine.com/showthread.php?7693-Unreal-News-Weekly&p=64205#post64205

After you have the basis, the best things to do is to try do small complete games. The best way to do this is joining one of the available game jam (here you can find a really nice calendar http://compohub.net/). If you can, join a jam in a physical location, you will find a lot of people to make game with and from which you can learn a lot. :slight_smile:

Level Up! By Scott Rogers is pretty good!

Simply get a book and work through it! I learnt how to use Blender through Blender for dummies and it was really smooth and easy to understand

Books are normally quite structured so if you read end to end and do everything the book tells you to do in order, you should get a solid understanding of the software

I will second the help that Minister of Milk gave. Books are a great way to help one learn any type of program. Just realize that everything takes time. I’ve had to slow myself down sometimes because I can very impatient.

Great book!